Barrett & Coe

B&CCompany Overview

The Barrett & Coe Photography franchise began in 1995 and was founded by Andrew Coe, whose family business opened in 1854, making it one of the oldest photography businesses in the world.  Barrett & Coe operate at the upper end of the photography market offering high quality service and products. 

We specialise in finding talented people with no previous experience of professional photography and train them to become very successful photographers.

Barrett & Coe franchisees are trained to capture the very best in baby, family, pet and wedding photography whilst offering a friendly service to an ever-increasing customer base.

Franchise Overview


Barrett & Coe is a leading contemporary portrait and wedding photography franchise in the UK. With 22 successful studios our franchise model continues to strengthen. In areas where a Barrett & Coe studio is not yet established we have a network of recommended, independent photographers who share our passion for photography.

Complementing the individual marketing undertaken by franchisees, there are national contracts in place for baby, family and pet portraits with the Emma’s Diary, Activity Superstore, and online retailer Wowcher. In addition, there are other ongoing local and national promotions to compliment a high volume of enquiries received from our website and social media activity.

Creative images are enhanced further with a superb product range containing a mix of traditional and contemporary frames, albums and acrylics to suit every home.

Key Information

  • Network Size: 0-25 units
  • Franchise Type: Job
  • Typical Start-up Cost: £12,500
  • Minimum Personal Investment: £12,500
  • Franchise Location: Retail unit
  • Market: B2C

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Training provided is exhaustive, and all embracing, owing to the fact that new franchisees bring an array of different skills with them. Consequently, the training programme will vary greatly between different individuals but no stone is left unturned to ensure that each new franchisee reaches the very high standards set in all the key activities:

  • Photography - including lighting, posing etc.
  • Pre and post production skills
  • Business planning
  • Financial controls
  • Customer care
  • Marketing
  • Sales

Daily Life of a Franchisee

A day in the life of a franchisee involves welcoming clients, photographing them, preparing their images, conducting viewings and providing the finished portraits. In addition, the background work involves local marketing, telephone confirmations with clients and corporate partners, and networking. All of this involves face-to-face and customer service skills to achieve marketing and sales objectives. There is also the general running of the business and management decisions.

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